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  President Trump Calls for Preserving Western Civilization During Speech in...  CSPAN  July 6, 2017 10:02am-10:49am EDT

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at what constitutes reality today and how that criteria has changed over the years. ofi set up at the beginning the book, our biological wiring. i wanted to show how we have evolved culture that was designed to validate us and not to challenge us. certainly not to contradict us. it gave us the illusion that our realities were watertight when they were riddled with weak spots and places that would crunch in. 8:00 p.m. ight at >> president trump and first lady are on their way to germany. says president and mrs. trump on their 16 hour to pull in and board air force one for flight to the g 20 summit in germany. before leaving, president trump
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delivered an address to a crowd gathered in the historic christian's square in warsaw, the site of the 1941 uprising against the not cease. he's introduced by the first lady. gathered in the historic krasinski square, the site of the 1941 uprising against the nazis. [chanting]
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[chanting] [chanting] [trumpet]
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[applause] [chanting usa] >> hello, poland. [applause] thank you very much. my husband and i have enjoyed visiting your beautiful country i want to thank president and mrs.dooda for their warm weight
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-- welcome. -- warm welcome.
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and gracious and hospitality will not he forgotten. -- will not be forgotten. [applause] and now, it is my honor to introduce to you my husband, the president of the united states, donald j trump. [applause]
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president trump: thank you very that's so nice. the united states is many great diplomats but there is truly no better ambassador for our firsty than our beautiful lady. that was very nice. we have come to your nation to deliver a very important message -- america loves poland and america loves the polish people, thank you.
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it is a profound honor to stand in this city by this monument to the warsaw uprising and to -- the the polis nation polish nation that so many generations have dreamed of, a poland that is safe, strong, and free. presidentduda and your wonderful first lady aga have welcomed with a tremendous warmth and for those around the world, thank you. i sincerely bank -- thank both of them and to the prime minister a very special thanks also.
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pleased that former alesa, famoush w for leading the solidarity movement, has joined us today, thank you. thank you. thank you. on behalf of all americans, let me also thank the entire polish people for the generosity you --e shown and welcoming me welcoming our soldiers to your country. these soldiers are not only rave defenders of freedom but also symbols of america's commitment to your security and your place in a strong and democratic europe. we are probably joined on stage
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by americans, polish, british, and remain -- and romanian soldiers, thank you. great job. duda and i have just come from a successful meeting with those participating in the three seas initiative. to the citizens of this great region, america is eager to expand a partnership with you. we welcome stronger ties incomers as you grow your economy and we are committed to securing your access to soernate sources of energy poland and its neighbors are never again held hostage to a single supplier of energy. mr. president, i congratulate you along with the president of
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leadership ofr this historic, three seas agreement. this is my first visit to central europe and i am thrilled it could be right here at this magnificent, beautiful [indiscernible] poland is the geographic heart of europe but more importantly, and the polish people, we see the soul of europe. nation is great because your spirit is great and your spirit is strong.
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for two centuries, poland suffered constant and brutal attacks but while poland could be invaded and occupied in its borders even erased from the map, it would never be erased from history or from your heart. in those dark days, you have lost your land but you never lost your pride. so it is with this true admiration that i can say today that from the farms and villages of your countryside to the cathedrals and squares of your great cities, poland lives, poland prospers and poland prevails. despite every effort to transform you, press you or
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destroy you, you endured and overcame. you are the proud nation of copernicus. think of that. ii,pin, saint john paul roma poland is a land of great heroes. and you are a people who know the true value of what you defend. spiritumph of the polish over centuries of hardship gives us all hope for a future in which good conquers evil and peace achieves victory over war. for americans, poland has been a symbol of hope since the beginning of our nation. polish heroes and american
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patriots fought side-by-side in our war of independence and in many wars that followed. our soldiers still serve together today in afghanistan m&a's -- combating the the enemies of all civilization. for america's part, we have never given up on freedom and independence as the right and destiny of the polish people and we never, ever will. our two countries share a special bond forged by unique histories and national character. that existllowship only among people who have fought and bled and died for freedom. the signs of this friendship stand in our nation's capital.
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just steps from the white house, we have raised statues of men with names like polaski and kosciusko. warsaw whererue in street signs carry the name of george washington and a monument stands to one of the world's greatest heroes, ronald reagan. and so i am here today, not just holdsit an old ally but to it up as an example for others who seek freedom and who wish to summon the courage and the will to defend our civilization. the story of poland is the story of a people who have never lost hope, who have never in broken,
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and who have never, ever forgotten who they are. thank you so much. thank you. thank you so much. it's a great honor. this is a nation more than 1000 years old, your borders were erased for more than a century and all my restored just one century ago. miracle in the ofviscilla, poland stopped the
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soviet army bent on european conquest. 1939, youars later in are invaded yet again, this time by nancy germany from -- by nazi west and thethe russian army from the east. that is trouble. that is tough. ther a double occupation, polish people endured evils beyond description. the forest massacre, the occupation, the holocaust, the warsaw ghetto and the warsaw ghetto uprising, the destruction of this beautiful capital city and the deaths of nearly one in five polish people. vibrant jewish population, the largest in europe, was reduced to almost nothing after the
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nazis systematically murdered millions of polish jewish citizens along with countless others during that brutal occupation. 1944, the nazif and soviet armies were preparing for a terrible and bloody battle right here in warsaw. hell on earth, the citizens of poland rose up to defend their homeland. i am deeply honored to be joined on stage today by veterans and heroes of the warsaw uprising.
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what great spirit. -- youre your model noble sacrifice and pledged to always remarry or fight for poland and for freedom, thank you. thank you. us thatument reminds diedthan 150,000 polls during that desperate struggle to overthrow oppression. from the other side of the river, the soviet armed forces stopped and waited. maxis ruthd as the -- as the nazis viciously destroyed the city, viciously murdering men, women, and children. they tried to destroy this nation forever by shattering its will to survive but there is a courage and a strength deep in the polish character that no one could destroy -- the polish
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martyr, bishop michael kosul said it well -- more for a find in a defeat of arms is a collapse of the human spirit. ofough four decades communist rule, poland and the other captive nations of europe endured a brutal campaign to faith,h freedom, your your laws, your history, your identity, indeed, the very essence of your culture and your humanity. yet, through it all, you never lost that spirit. [applause] your oppressors tried to break you but poland could not be broken. when the day came on june 2,
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1979 po and one millionles gathered around victory square for the very first mass with their polish pope, that day, every communist in warsaw must've known that their oppressive system would soon come crashing down. they must have known it at the exact moment during pope john paul ii's sermon when one million polish men, women, and children raise their voices in a single prayer. notllion polish people did ask for wealth. they did not ask for privilege. saidad, one million poles three simple words -- we want god. [applause]
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in those words, the polish people recalled the promise of a better future. they found new courage to face down their oppressors and they found the words to declare that poland would be poland once again. as i stand here today, before this incredible crowd, this faithful nation, we can still hear those voices that echo through history, their message is as true today as ever. , the peoplef poland of america and the people of europe still cry out -- we want god. together with pope john paul ii, the poles reasserted their identity as a nation devoted to god and with that powerful declaration of who you are, you
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came to understand what to do and how to live. you stood in solidarity against against a lawless secret police, against a cruel and wicked system that impoverished your cities and your souls. prevailed, -- poland poland will always prevail. [applause] [applause] [chanting] >> thank you. you were supported in that victory over communism by a strong alliance of free nations in the west that divides
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tyranny. now come among the most committed members of the nato alliance, poland has resumed its place as a leading nation of a w,hole and is strong free. a strong poland is a blessing to the nations of europe and they know that. a strong europe is a blessing to the west and to the world. [applause] 100 years after the entry of american forces into world war i, the transatlantic bond between the united states and andpe is as strong as ever may become in many ways, even stronger. this continent no longer confronts the specter of communism. today, we are in the west and we have to say, there are dire threats to our security and
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to our way of life. you see what's happening out there. they are threats. we will confront them. we will win. but they are threats. we are confronted by another oppressive ideology, one that seeks to export terrorism and extremism all around the globe. america and europe have suffered one terror attack after another. we are going to get it to stop.
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historic data in saudi arabia, i called on the leaders of more than 50 muslim nations to join together to drive out this menace which threatens all of humanity. we must stand united against these shared enemies, to strip them of their territory, and networks,ing, and the and any form of ideological support that they may have. newe we will was welcome citizens who share our values and love our people, our borders will always be closed to terrorism and extremism of any kind.
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we are fighting hard against radical islamic terrorism and we will prevail. accept those who reject their values and the use hatred to justify violence against the innocent. today, the west is also confronted by the powers that seek to test our will, under minor confidence, and challenge our interests, to meet new forms of aggression, including propaganda, financial crimes, and cyber warfare, we must adapt our alliance to compete effectively in new ways and on all new battlefields. itsrge russia to cease destabilizing activities in ukraine and elsewhere.
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support for hostile regimes including syria and iran and to instead join the community of responsible nations in our fight against common enemies and a defense of civilization itself. finally, on both sides of the atlantic, our citizens are confronted by yet another danger , one firmly within our control. somedanger is invisible to but for -- but familiar to the poles. the steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. the west became great, not because of paperwork and regulations, but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destiny. poeles and nations
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of europe pursue individual sovereignty and we went much work together to confront this weather comes from inside or out , from the south or the east, the threat over time to undermine these values and a race the bonds of culture and faith and tradition that make us who we are. if left unchecked, these forces will undermine us and sap our spirit and we can our will to defend ourselves and our society. just as our adversaries and enemies of the past learned here in poland, we know that these forces, too, are doomed to fail if we want them to fail and we do, indeed, want them to fail. they are doomed not only because our alliance is strong, her
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countries are resilient, and our power is unmatched. through all of that, you have to say everything is true. our adversaries, however, are doomed because we will never forget who we are and if we don't forget who we are, we just cannot be beaten. americans will never forget. the nations of europe will never forget. we are the fastest and the greatest community. there is nothing like our community of nations. the world has never known anything like our community of nations. we write symphonies. we pursue innovation. we celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers. we reward brilliance.
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we strive for excellence and cherish inspiring works of art that honor god. we treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. we empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. family, not and government and bureaucracy, at the center of our lives and we debate everything. we challenge everything. we seek to know everything so that we can better know ourselves. above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person, and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. that is who we are. those are the priceless ties
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that bind us together as nations, as allies, and as a civilization. inheritedve, what we -- and you know this better than anybody in you see it today with this incredible group of people -- what we have inherited from existedstors has never to this extent before. if we fail to preserve it, it will never, ever exist again. we cannot fail. this great community of nations has something else. in everyone one of them, it is the people, not the powerful, who have always formed the foundation of freedom and the cornerstone of our defense. the people have been met foundation here in poland as they were right here in warsaw. and they were the foundation inm the very, very beginning
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america. our citizens did not win freedom together. they did not survive horrors together, did not face down evil together only to lose our freedom to a lack of pride and confidence in our values. we did not and we will not. we will never back down. [applause] as long as we know our history, we will know how to build our future. americans know that a strong alliance of free, sovereign, and independent nations is the best defense for our freedom and for our interests.
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that is why my administration has demanded that all members of their full andet fair financial obligation. result of this insistence, billions of dollars more have begun to pour into nato. people are shocked. but aliens and billions of dollars more are coming in from opinion, that, in my have not been paying. to those who would criticize our tough stance, i would point out that the united states has demonstrated not merely with words but with its actions that we stand firmly behind article five, the mutual defense. words are easy but actions are what matter.
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protection, and you know this -- everybody has to know this -- europe must do more. if it must demonstrate believes in its future by investing its money to secure their -- that future. that's why we applaud poland for its decision to move forward this week on acquiring from the united states the battle tested patriot air and missile defense system, the best anywhere in the world. that is also why we salute the polish people for being one of the nato countries that has actually achieved the benchmark for investment in our common defense. poland, andhank you i must tell you the example you set is truly magnificent and we applaud poland, thank you. [applause]
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we have to remember that our defense is not just a commitment of money. it is a commitment of will because, as the polish experience reminds us, the defense of the west ultimately rests not only on means but also the will of its people to andail and be successful get what you have to have -- the fundamental question of our time is whether the west has the will to survive. do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it? the largest economy and the most lethal weapons
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anywhere on earth but if we do not have strong families and strong values, then we will be weak and we will not survive. [applause] if anyone forgets the critical importance of these things, let them come to one country that never has. let them come to poland. and let them come here to warsaw and learn the story of the warsaw uprising. when they do, they should learn about jerusalem avenue. in august of 1944, jerusalem avenue was one of the main roads running east and west through the city, just as it is today. control of that road was crucially important to both sides in the battle for warsaw.
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the german military wanted it as their most direct route to move troops and form a very strong front. thethe polish home army, ability to pass north and south across that street was critical to keep the center of the city and the uprising itself from being split apart and destroyed. every night, the poles put up sandbags amid machine-gun fire and it was horrendous fire to protect a narrow passage across jerusalem avenue. every day, the enemy forces knocked them down again and again and again and then the poles dug a trench and they built a barrier and the brave polish fighters began to flow across jerusalem avenue. that narrow passageway was just a few feet wide and it was the
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fragile link that kept the uprising alive. a constant stream of citizens and freedom fighters made their their perilous sprint. they ran across that street. they ran through that street, they ran under that street all to defend the city. the far side was several yards away, recalled one polish young woman named greta. that mortality and that life was so important to her. in fact, she said, the mortally dangerous sector of the street was soaked in blood. it was the blood of messages, liaison girls and messed -- and couriers. nancy snipers -- not see snipers shot at anyone who crossed. the soldiers burned every building.
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they used the polls as human shields for their tanks in their effort to capture jerusalem avenue. the enemy never ceases its relentless assault of civilization. the poles never ceased its defense. the jerusalem avenue passage required constant protection, repair, and reinforcement. but the will of its defenders did not waver even in the face of death. and to the last days of the uprising, the fragile crossing never, ever failed. it was never, ever forgotten. it was kept open by the polish people. the memories of those perished in the warsaw uprising cry out weres the decades and few clear of those who built and
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defended the jurors alum avenue crossing. those here is remind us that the west was saved with the bloods of patriots. that each generation must rise up and play their part in its defense. and that every foot of ground and every last inch of civilization is worth defending with your life. our own fight for the west does not begin on the battlefield. it begins with their minds, our wills, and our souls. today, the ties that unite our civilizations are no less vital and demand no less defense than that bear shred of land on which the hope of poland once totally rested. civilization,ur and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory.
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and today as ever, poland is in our hearts and its people are in that fight. just as poland cannot be broken, i declare today for the world to hear that the west will never, ever be broken. our values will prevail. and ourle will thrive civilization will triumph. [applause] thank you. so, together, let us all fight like the poles for family, for
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freedom, for country and forgot. thank you, god bless you, god bless the polish people, god god blessallies and the united states of america. thank you, god bless you. thank you very much. [applause] [drum roll] [military march]
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